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Sexual Harassment Lawyer Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring

Today, all employees have a right to a work environment free from sexual harassment which is considered sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). In addition most states have far stricter laws prohibiting workplace harassment. Nonetheless, in many businesses sexual harassment is rampant, negatively impacting women and men alike.

At the Baror Law Firm, we are committed to fighting discrimination and harassment in all its forms. Our experienced legal team has a proven track record of successfully litigating many high-profile sexual harassment cases.

Types of Workplace Harassment

There are two types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo (or this for that) and hostile work environment.

  • Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when an employer, particularly a person in a position of authority, demands sexual favors as a condition of employment or other job benefits such as promotions, bonuses and raises. An employee who is fired or disciplined for refusing a sexual advance or given a poor performance evaluation may be the victim of quid pro quo sexual harassment.
  • Hostile work environment harassment occurs when an employee is subjected to a pattern of unwelcomed conduct, such as comments or visual displays, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an offensive or distressing work environment.

In order to have grounds for a claim, the employee must show that he or she believed the conduct was hostile, offensive or abusive and that a reasonable person in the same position would also believe the conduct was hostile. In addition, a victim of sexual harassment may be required to  demonstrate that he or she complained to a supervisor and that no action was taken to stop the offensive behavior.

In a quid pro claim, employers may be liable when a superior commits the harassment and an adverse employment action was taken. An employer may also be liable in a hostile work environment claim when a co-worker commits the harassment, the employer knew or should have known about it, and failed to take corrective action.

Retaliation

The law also protects an employee who complains about workplace harassment from retaliation. In short, employers are prohibited from taking any adverse employment action such as firing, demotion, discipline, negative evaluations, issuance of warnings, or salary reduction. In addition, subtle forms of retaliation, such as changing job assignments, or hostile attitudes or behaviors aimed at an employee by supervisors or coworkers, are also prohibited.

How to Stop Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

While Title VII and state law protect workers from sexual harassment, proving a claim can sometimes be difficult, and victims are required to take a number of steps in an attempt to end the offensive conduct. If you are being harassed at work, you should personally inform the harasser that his or her actions are offensive. If the behavior persists, you should then complain about the behavior to a supervisor or the human resources department.

If no corrective action is taken, you may have grounds for a claim. However, it is necessary to document any incidents of harassment. A successful claim may also require the testimony of witnesses and collecting other evidence. Before pursuing a sexual harassment lawsuit, you must file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If the agency does not settle the matter, you can then file a civil lawsuit.

Dedicated Sexual Harassment Attorneys in Bethesda, Silver Springs, Rockville and Gaithersburg

The Baror Law Firm vigorously fights for victims of sexual harassment. If you were harassed or subjected to a hostile work environment or an adverse employment action, we will fight to protect your rights and help you obtain just compensation. You may be entitled to recover damages including back pay, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. We believe that no one should suffer the lingering humiliation of sexual harassment or have their career negatively impacted for refusing a sexual advance. Our legal team is dedicated to eradicating harassment and discrimination from the workplace. Call our office today for a free consultation. 

The Baror Law Firm serves sexual assault clients throughout Maryland including  Bethesda, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, and Rockville. If you need help filing a sexual harassment claim feel free to give us a call at 301.812.4546 or fill out the contact form on the side of the page. 



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